Over 200000 at Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, region's biggest

Rebecca Barbier
Junho 10, 2017

But in Tel Aviv, hundreds of thousands of Israelis and tourists celebrated the citys Gay Pride Parade, the largest in that corner of the world. The protesters prevented the parade from proceeding through the city center for a few minutes, but were swiftly moved by police.

Road closures are expected as revelers make their way along Bograshov Street, Hayarkon Street, Frishman Street and the beachfront promenade Herbert Samuel Street, before ending with a seas side party at Charles Clore Park that will last until the evening. Officers will also be permitted to search revelers for weapons even without probable cause.

As one of the leading parades worldwide, the parade in Tel Aviv has developed into hilarious gay tourism events, including an LGBTQ Cultural Festival in theaters, special performances, floats and pride concerts.

On Sunday, officers arrested a man in Bnei Brak on suspicion of threatening the upcoming parade in a Facebook post.

The parade started with a moment of silence in solidarity with the victims of the persecutions in Chechnya and in memory of Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed to death by an ultra-Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem's gay pride parade in 2015.

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The theme of this year's parade, "Bisexual Visibility", was chosen as part of as part of efforts to draw attention to marginalized groups within the LGBT community.

Marchers in a past Tel Aviv Pride Parade.

The world's first bisexual Pride has taken place in Tel Aviv amid the city's Pride Week.

Pride parades are expected to be held in Be'er Sheva and Haifa and August in Jerusalem later on this month. "As much as the march is fun, in the end it is an act of defiance, a statement for our society that we have a long way to go in Israel in order for people to be equal in Israel" Huldai said.

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